Rising seas: A new look at resilient infrastructure
We know that our changing climate will bring rising sea levels to the Bay Area. But do we know how to handle it? Mark Stacey, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has assembled a cross-disciplinary team to find out.
NextDrop of Water
UC Berkeley student created the phone-based program NextDrop to notify people when water will be available, because although nearly half of the world’s population has water piped into their homes and there have been significant improvements to water access in recent decades, many people living in urban areas of developing countries still do not have easy access to this most basic resource.
Change we must believe in
UC Berkeley professor of geography and earth and planetary science Lynn Ingram likens paleoclimatology to detective work: she gathers “whatever evidence is remaining” and works out clever ways to translate physical attributes of natural artifacts into knowledge of Earth’s distant past.
David Sedlak
Hazards and opportunities in the pipeline

In his 2014 book, Water 4.0, UC Berkeley environmental engineer David Sedlak identifies four “revolutions” in the development of urban water systems.

Berkeley Lab
Water-Energy Nexus New Research Focus

Billions of gallons of water are used each day in the United States for energy production—for hydroelectric power generation, thermoelectric plant cooling, and countless other industrial processes, including oil and gas mining. And huge amounts of energy are required to pump, treat, heat, and deliver water. This interdependence of water and energy is the focus of a major new research effort at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Sally Thompson, Gopal Penny
Thompson, Pennywin HESS Best Paper Award

Professor Sally Thompson and PhD candidate Gopal Penny, along with collaborators in India, received the 2015 Jim Dooge Award for the best paper in the European Geophysical Union's flagship journal "Hydrology and Earth System Science".